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The Roundup for April 24th, 2015

By: Friday April 24, 2015 10:10 am

A relaxing song to end your week.

International Politics


- Today is the 100th anniversary of the Armenian genocide caused by the then-Ottoman Empire

- Actress Angelina Jolie criticized the United Nations for failing to take action in Syria

- Pakistan criticized the botched drone strikes killing an Italian and American hostage as an example of the “risks and unintended consequences” of the policy

- Glenn Greenwald: “The Key War on Terror Propaganda Tool: Only Western Victims Are Acknowledged

- Indeed, the Obama administration should apologize for all the other innocent people killed by drone strikes

Middle East

- More than 550 people in Yemen are dead as a result of fighting and air strikes

- At least seven people were killed in bombings across Iraq

Asia and Oceania

- A new anti-terrorism law in China could make it easier for the government to use its powers to regulate the web


- Militias in Libya fired air strikes strikes against Islamic State militants in the country


- An Italian prosecutor said terrorists tied to al-Qaeda planned to attack the Vatican in 2010

- European Union officials declined to give Greece more money unless economic reforms were immediately implemented

- Turkey is not happy with Russian President Vladimir Putin’s comments on calling the Armenian genocide a genocide

Latin America, Caribbean and Canada

Foreigners going to Brazil for opportunities are disappointed the country is slipping

- There is no doubt the U.S. is involved in the crisis of violence in Mexico, but the question is whether it will accept its responsibility

- Libertarians in Brazil, inspired by Margaret Thatcher and Rand Paul, want the government to push for free market policies

- The Bolivian government refused to listen to global demands to curtail coca production; Good for them

Surveillance Planet

- Among American Millennials, there is support for NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden and his actions

Financial Matters

- Corporations supporting Hillary Clinton also support passage of the Trans-Pacific Partnership

- David Sirota: “Cities And States Paying Massive Secret Fees To Wall Street

- Loretta Lynch, the new attorney general, may be tough on Wall Street, although we’ll have to wait and see

- HSBC is considering moving its headquarters out of the United Kingdom due to reforms

Labor’s a-Brewing

- Gallup: Thirteen percent of Americans believe it is “very or fairly likely” they will lose their jobs

Politics US

Washington USA

- How can we be called the land of the brave when we prefer to jail immigrant mothers and their children when they escape from violence?

- A former Obama administration official involved with the drone program called for President Barack Obama to release information pertaining to the botched drone strike

- Larry Wilkerson joins The Real News to discuss what’s happening in New Hampshire for the 2016 presidential elections

Anytown USA

- Gallup: Nearly one million Americans are in same-sex marriages

- Just it was during the colonial days of America, white elites are turning whites and blacks in the working class against each other

- Gentrification in San Francisco goes hand-in-hand with poor policing in the city

The Real News interviews residents in Freddie Gray’s neighborhood, the person who died under Baltimore police custody

Health, Hunger and Homelessness

- New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu (D) pens a piece on how his city was able to house all homeless veterans and how it is possible nation-wide

The Second Sex

- The Columbia University student accused of rape sued the college for failing to stop Emma Sulkowicz’s “harassment campaign”

- Three more women came forward and said Bill Cosby raped them

- Jessica Valenti: “Going without make-up isn’t a radical act. It’s just being yourself

Planet Earth

- At the World Uranium Symposium, folks at the conference recommended nuclear weapons be banned, uranium mining end and nuclear power stations close

- It is thanks to carbon emissions caused by humanity that we are facing a tough version of global warming

- Keep fossil fuels in the ground or else we face a severe and catastrophic crisis in the future

- The Department of Agriculture announced it would create programs and initiatives to reduce carbon emissions from agriculture

- Executives of fossil fuel companies went to a conference in Houston to talk about the latest on energy across the world and why they need to be protected

Mixed Bag

- Scientists in Russia constantly maintain Vladimir Lenin’s body in its original form for public display

- A long letter of an apology by Tom Engelhardt to his grandson on the future of our planet

- The Metropolitan Transportation Authority in New York City will devise a new policy to ban an advertisement saying Hamas likes to kill Jews

Break Time

- Me Gustas Tu [Manu Chao]

The Roundup for April 23rd, 2015

By: Thursday April 23, 2015 4:28 pm

Phew, another long school week over. Just four weeks remain and then I’ll be back to frequent reporting.

International Politics


- Russia and Argentina announced energy and investment deal together worth billions

- Part one of two with Alnoor Ladha, executive director of The Rules, on the negative consequences of the World Bank’s policies

- The U.S. called for Iran to stop “fanning the flames” in Yemen; The U.S. does realize it has more important matters to deal with, right?

Middle East

- Both the West Bank and the Gaza Strip are not similar as there are different cultures in them

- Syria announced it return highly-enriched uranium back to China

- Governments throughout the Middle East will spend at least $18 billion on arms, which means peace will have to sit on the sidelines a little bit more

Asia and Oceania

- John Pilger: “Australia Again Wages War on Its Own People

- Even though it snubbed the Saudis over Yemen, Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said there was solidarity between Saudi Arabia and Pakistan


- For those living in eastern Ukraine and not siding with the rebels, they are still furious with the lack of long-term strategy by Kiev as Kiev’s actions are not not helping them

- Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis warned they are not bluffing when threatening to leave the euro

- Mark Weisbrot: “Are EU Officials Plotting Regime Change in Greece?

- What other country does not recognize the Armenian genocide? Israel

- Poland accepted the apology of the FBI director over comments on Poland’s role in the Holocaust

Financial Matters

- Gallup: Out of all different types of investments, Americans believe real estate to be the best one

- European elites really are bonkers by forcing Greece to accept their terms, which may force a Grexit

- Looks like federal regulators of energy companies are looking to the industries they manage for a good-paying job

- Comcast denied a merger with Time Warner Cable over concerns it would be rejected by regulators

- India told the Ford Foundation to get government clearance before giving anymore funds

- Despite New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio introducing a plan to reduce income inequality, there is skepticism about its effectiveness; Especially when he is pushing gentrification

Labor’s a-Brewing

- Changes in modern-day work are leading to the end of the eight-hour schedule

- Thanks to a last-minute federal law, union pensioners are at risk of losing their part of their portion

Politics US

Washington USA

- Part five of eight with John Kiriakou about the atmosphere in the CIA before Sept. 11 and the role of the Bush administration

- Even if one brings up to topic of campaign finance reform, as was done with a drone recently, can be spun into terrorism; Everything is terrorism

- David Petraeus gets two years in prison and a $100,000 fine for giving away classified information; Thanks Obama! You sure knew what to do here

- In a vote of 56 to 43, Loretta Lynch was confirmed by the Senate as the next Attorney General

- A report from the Justice Department found a Texas for-profit prison under of the control of GEO Group isolated prisoners demanding more rights

- Speaker of the House John Boehner said there was no need to limit President Obama’s war powers

- The Justice Department admitted the FBI holds the ability to stop whistleblowers from going to Congress

Anytown USA

- Gallup: For unemployed black youths, their well-being is much lower than their employed counterparts

- Dayvon Love, director for Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle, joins The Real News to discuss the failure of policing in Baltimore. Meanwhile, in a separate clip, Michelle Alexander explains this a little further

- Let us not forget the time the Baltimore police arrested a seven-year-old black child for sitting on a dirt bike. You might as well say, due to the ridiculous of policing, civil disobedience is a strategy to make sure change happens

- What does the New York City Council want? More cops!; Yes, because it is definitely something needed and not the cost of living. Nope. Totally irrelevant

- Cops, I should add, okay with harassing pregnant women; To serve and protect

- Glenn Greenwald: “What Explains The Power of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s Middle Finger?

We Don’t Need No Education

Less than eight percent of the top universities require English majors to take a class involving Shakespeare

Health, Hunger and Homelessness

- Scientists in China were able to genetically modified human embryos

The Second Sex

- Lawmakers in Alabama want to shut down abortion clinics within 2,000 feet of a school

Planet Earth

- Journalist Steve Horn and Janet Redman of the Institute for Policy Studies examine on The Real News why President Obama should not be believed in terms of climate policy

- A U.N. official said it time for business as usual to end and folks to unite behind a movement on climate change

- Renewable energy job growth is far higher than what the coal industry puts out

Mixed Bag

- Amy Goodman: “Special Delivery for the Plutocrats

- Journalist Dave Zirin asks why, after constant and baseless accusations, Barry Bonds is not in the Baseball Hall of Fame

Break Time

- Harlem Nocturne [Carla White]

The Roundup for April 22nd, 2015

By: Wednesday April 22, 2015 5:33 pm

It’s Earth Day!

International Politics


- The U.S. is now making sure there are no blackouts in a major hub of the Taliban in Afghanistan

- The U.S., meanwhile, accused Russia of creating more air defense systems in eastern Ukraine

- While Pope Francis I referred to the Armenian massacre as a genocide, President Barack Obama did not do so

Middle East

- Yesterday, Saudi Arabia announced it would end its mission into Yemen. Today, it led fired airstrikes

- But, if it didn’t do that, is it possible for peace to come to Yemen. Possibly, but that’s difficult as there just too much suffering


- European Union officials say migrants coming to Europe will be sent back when they land

Latin America, Caribbean and Canada

- The right-wing in Brazil want to ensure their version of education is implemented nation-wide and are targeting the Brazilian government to undermine their efforts

- There’s bloodshed to be spilled over natural resources in Latin America, which will certainly increase due to climate change

- Puerto Rican officials warn the government may shutdown in the next few months as a result of financial issues

- The Calbuco volcano erupted in Chile, a first in the past 42 years

Surveillance Planet

- Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY): The “Founding Fathers would be mortified” if they knew about the NSA

Financial Matters

- Gallup: Fifty-five percent of Americans hold money in the stock market

- Is there a recovery in the United Kingdom? Well, by looking at food bank use, the number of Britons using it rose in the past year

- Privatization of prisons is coming to Brazil and the country is copying the U.S. in regards to the for-profit model

- Do not be fooled by Apple’s claims of reducing carbon emissions. It actually increased carbon emissions

- Brazil lost $7.2 billion last year, $2.1 billion of which was lost due to kickbacks

- China will now allow Visa, MasterCard and American Express to operate in the country

Labor’s a-Brewing

- Inspiring to see federal contract workers on strike and demanding the same thing as the Fight for 15 demands

- When you want to make Congress forget about protecting fast food workers, do what Taco Bell did: Give out free tacos and nachos

Politics US

Washington USA

- Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) called for the Obama administration to reveal at what point it would intervene over Russia’s presence in Ukraine

- Turns out there’s no oversight over the license plate reading program run by the Department of Homeland Security

- A Department of Veterans Affairs in West Virginia secretly switched out drugs for veterans to cut costs

- President Obama: Action on climate change can no longer be denied; Says the person who built Keystone XL south

- The country of Morocco is Ready for Hillary. No seriously, they are supporting Clinton along with other American politicians

Anytown USA

The Real News covers a protest in Baltimore over the death of Freddie Gray, who was in police custody before he died

- One of the officers involved in the case of Gray holds a history of violence

- How do you celebrate Earth Day in Wisconsin if you are a federal employee? Well, Governor Scott Walker sends you, if you are a part of the Department of Natural Resource, a notice saying you’ll be fired

Health, Hunger and Homelessness

- Blue Bell, a firm known for its ice cream, recalled its products because of a deadly bacteria

- A new study found, once again, there is no link to a vaccine and autism

- If the Food and Drug Administration doesn’t know what in our food, then that does not bode well for our bodies

The Second Sex

- Jessica Valenti: “Will it really take a man’s word for people to believe rape victims?

- In a vote of 99-0, the Senate voted to expand law enforcement abilities in terms of sex trafficking; Who missed the vote? Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX)

 Planet Earth

- Nearly half of all Americans live in places where earthquakes are likely

- Gallup: Conservative Republicans are the only political group denying global warming will affect their lives in the future

- Petra Tschakert, a scientist who worked with the Intergovernment Panel on Climate Change, tells The Real News why the climate will get worse if global warming isn’t addressed

- Paul Paz y Mino, a member of Amazon Watch, explains to The Real News why Chevron wants to avoid its role in polluting

- A new report found bees are not only ingest pesticides, but are addicted to them

- It’s not only California, Washington state is also affected by a devastating drought

- Major scientists advocated for zero-carbon emissions by mid-century to deal with global warming

- There is no major environmental change throughout the world if there is no confrontation of major issues like capitalism in our society

- The World Wildlife Fund released a report where it found the oceans were worth $24 trillion

- Those poor rich folk in Beverly Hills need to conserve water by not using pools; Quick, someone write a petition to stop this

Mixed Bag

The Real News covers an event it sponsored featuring Michelle Alexander on prisons

- Juan Cole: “Ten Ways to Prove You Love the Earth on Earth Day

- It is possible for a newspaper, no more how small, to stand up against advertising giants

- Trevor Timm: “Sony should not be able to tell journalists what to print

- Looks like the Counter Terror Expo is not a huge fan of journalists who don’t follow the mainstream narrative

Break Time

- Monkey Gone To Heaven [The Pixies]

The Roundup for April 21st, 2015

By: Tuesday April 21, 2015 4:12 pm

Good day! International Politics Overall – Gallup: Out of a group of the U.S., EU, China and Germany, Russia received the least support at 22 percent as a global leader – Part four of eight with John Kiriakou about his time in Greece as well as the U.S. perspective on Iraq from the 1990s to [...]

The Roundup for April 20th, 2015

By: Monday April 20, 2015 5:49 pm

Too good of song to pass on for today. International Politics Overall – Journalist Reese Erlich joins The Real News to talk about the latest with the U.S. bombing campaign against the Islamic State and how there is no clear ending to the conflict – Iran believed the nuclear deal with the international community could lead to [...]

The Weekend Roundup for April 18-19th, 2015

By: Sunday April 19, 2015 3:02 pm

Under went a major change today. Cut my long hair and donated it. For those interested, it was 16 inches. International Politics Overall – Reporters are not allowed to sit in on an international meeting dealing with Chevron’s actions in Ecuador – Major Hollywood figures called the CEO of Al-Jazeera America a member of “Hamas,” [...]

The Roundup for April 17th, 2015

By: Friday April 17, 2015 10:02 am

We end on a soothe note with Italy. International Politics Overall – Black Lives Matter even throughout Africa, a continent ravaged by imperialism, violence and exploitation – The United Nations called for $275 million from members to help those living in Yemen Middle East – Gareth Porter: “The ‘Possible Military Dimensions’ Bomb That Could Blow [...]

The Roundup for April 16th, 2015

By: Thursday April 16, 2015 6:27 pm

Onward to Brazil! International Politics Overall – Journalist Reese Erlich explains to The Real News why Russia sent missiles to Iran and how it’s connected to the situation in Yemen - The Real News covers an event that took place in New York City focusing on global slavery reparations – In his annual address to the Russian public, [...]

The Roundup for April 15th, 2015

By: Wednesday April 15, 2015 6:08 pm

We went from Mexico to Japan and now Germany! Also it’s tax day so…yeah. International Politics Overall – Iran pledged to sign a nuclear deal should all sanctions against it immediately drop – Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to the U.S. said the Saudi-led offensive in Yemen is “very successful” Middle East – Turns out Saudi Arabia increased [...]

The Roundup for April 14th, 2015

By: Tuesday April 14, 2015 3:27 pm

May Percy Sledge rest in peace. International Politics Overall – Nick Turse: “Military Missions Reach Record Levels After US Inks Deal to Remain in Africa for Decades” – With Turkey obviously supporting the Islamic State, what is the U.S. to do? Well, uh, they’ll get back to you on that – After the United Nations [...]

Reviewing The Life of Eduardo Galeano Who Passed Away At 74

By: Tuesday April 14, 2015 7:05 am

Eduardo Galeano, a Uruguayan journalist and author, passed away on April 13 at the age of 74 due to lung cancer. He is most well-known for writing “Open Veins of Latin America,” a best-selling book detailing the history of the Europe’s exploitation of Latin America since the days of Columbus, along with other classics. Galeano [...]

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